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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’2 Thomas Mandell

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

2022 Jemez Herd Jr. (Team PUSH NC 2022): The unsigned senior came out with a little something to prove and that he did.  He looked unstoppable on the court to finish the day, scoring in all ways.  He finished extremely well in transition, finishing at the rim with power, and having multiple dunks but also displayed how tough of a matchup he can be on the floor with his size and skill set. 2022...

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Game Report: Pinecrest vs. Millbrook

Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Southern Pines as Pinecrest hosted Millbrook in a 4A NCHSAA non-conference matchup. Both teams were coming off losses last Friday night, so they were ready to get back in the winner’s column. The first quarter started with both teams going back and forth. Millbrook’s CeeJay Jordan and Pinecrest’s Colby Wallace asserted themselves early in...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons  #34: 5’5 ’25 Dean Ruthstrom (Lake Norman Charter) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to highlight steady improvement within his progression, Dean Ruthstrom. He’s a young, wiry, unselfish guard prospect with an active motor and the ability to apply pressure as a spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Ruthstrom moves well without the ball, hits...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 150 Session 2

2023 McCaskill Rivers: Rivers was absolutely dominant from the start and rolled his way to MVP at the camp.  The 6’5 forward moved incredibly well on the floor, running the court to get easy baskets, finishing well around the rim, and through contact.  It seems that there weren’t many that could slow him down, as he averaged 33 points in an impressive showing; great touch with this young man....

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